Lawrence's Goldfinch

Spinus lawrencei

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

LAGO

Code 6

CARLAW

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lawrence's Goldfinch is currently evaluated as Least Concern. The previous rating for this bird species was Lower Risk. This rating was downgraded in 2004 to Least Concern. This bird is native to the United States and Mexico. It is particularly known to breed in both central and southern portions of California as well as the western regions of Arizona. The range of this bird is particularly large as is its population. This bird is considered to be common enough to warrant no immediate concerns regarding possible decline of its population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Lawrence's Goldfinch: Small finch with gray nape and back and yellow-gray rump. Underparts are white; breast is yellow. Cap and face are black. Wings are dark with bright yellow bars. Feeds on seeds and insects. Swift bounding flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled briefly to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Lawrence's Goldfinch: This species breeds in central and southern California, west of Sierra Nevada and south into Baja California. Spends winters south and east from California through southern Arizona and New Mexico to extreme western Texas and south into northwestern Mexico. Found near dry grassy slopes with weed patches, chaparral, and open woodlands.

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Lawrence's Goldfinch SONGS AND CALLS

Lawrence's Goldfinch C1

Flight call is a high-pitched "tink" or "tink-ul".

Lawrence's Goldfinch C2

Typical chattering song.

Similar Sounding

American Goldfinch A2

Song is a series of melodious notes and trills.

Lesser Goldfinch C3

Song is a mix of musical notes, trills, and wheezes.


Voice Text

"tink-tink-tink"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lawrence's Goldfinch was named by John Cassin in 1850 for his colleague George Newbold Lawrence, a New York businessman and ornithologist.
  • This species is remarkably homogenous, with no known subspecies and, according to one study, no genetic variation among birds tested at 23 different locations.
  • Unlike most migratory birds, they move mostly to the east and west, rather than northward and southward, between seasons.
  • A group of goldfinches has many collective nouns, including a " 007", "charm", "rush", "treasury", and "vein" of goldfinches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
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The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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